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Then they rode off into the night, their torches flaring, as suddenly as they had come. My father was enraged when he returned. He decided to wait until I was born—which would be soon—and then the family would move. I am not sure why he made this decision, for he was not a frightened Negro, as most then were, and many still are today. My father was a big, six-foot-four, very black man. He had only one eye. How he had lost the other one I have never known. He was from Reynolds, Georgia, where he had left school after the third or maybe fourth grade.
To his shock, the editors liked the interview just as it was and published it as the first of a ground-breaking, and ultimately trend-setting, series of free flowing, stream-of-consciousness interviews. In many ways, the long interviews that are today Miles Davis Haley’s first Playboy interview was with jazz musician Miles Davis. The free-flowing, extended conversation—a result of Haley’s inability to meet the deadline—created a new format for celebrity interviews, one that is still used today.
50 ALEX HALEY correct America’s human problem. The well-meaning white people . . had to combat, actively and directly, the racism in other white people. ” When Malcolm X and Haley had first embarked on the project two years earlier, the Black Muslim minister had demanded of his collaborator that he wanted “a writer . . ” In many ways, Haley was exactly that, chronicling Malcolm X’s beliefs and reminiscences almost verbatim, even when they were directed angrily at him. Haley was so successful, in fact, in keeping himself and his opinions out of the way that, at the time of the book’s initial printing, his name did not even appear on the front cover.
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